Delia Locke


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1874. June 29. Monday. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 97. S.S. 83.) June 30. Tuesday. And so this month passes, and the hottest weather has been at 97º. We have received a letter from Ada today. They held an election in San Jose last Saturday in the Local Option interest, and in spite of the exertions of the Temperance people the summers had over five hundred majority, some think not honestly, which remains to be proven. They had temperance workers from Oakland, also license men from Santa Clara. We saw also a Postal Card from Mother. They were at Winnemucca and well, enjoying the trip, so far. (T.S.R. 62.2 P.M. 94. S.S. 83.) July 1. Wednesday. (T.S.R. 63.2 P.M. 96. S.S. 83.) July 2. Thursday. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 94. S.S. 76.) July 3. Friday. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 73.) July 4. Saturday. We have spent a quiet Fourth. No excitement in this town. Howard and Horace went with Geo. Mowry to Stockton at night and saw the fireworks which were much the same as last year. (T.S.R. 56.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) July 5. Sabbath. They nearly failed to have a S. school today for want of teachers. Mr. John Haley usually takes my class, but Ada's and Mother's classes are left without any supply, and today Susie was detained at home by sickness in her family. But, worse than all, somebody has let the supply of lesson papers run out, and now we must wait till they can be procured from the East. Has not Mr. Ross time to see t such interests, when Mr. Harpending preaches for him so much. This has been communion time, and Mr. Harpending joined our church. (T.S.R. 60.2 P.M. 92. S.S. 78.) July 6. Monday. (T.S.R. 55.2 P.M. 87. S.S. 77.) July 7. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 59.2 P.M. 88. S.S. 78.) July 8. Wednesday. We have received letters from Ada, and from Mother Locke & Franklin. Mothe L. wrote on her birthday. She is 73 years old, was born the same month as Dr. Moore - he on the 12th and she on the 1874. 25th day. Franklin had just returned from the funeral of Mr. Gerould, who died on June 21st, after a lingering illness. (T.S.R. 58.2 P.M. 95. S.S. 84.) July. 9. Thursday. I have written to Ada. This is the warmest day we have had, and the first time the thermometer has risen to 100º this summer. (T.S.R. 66.2 P.M. 100. S.S. 88.) July 10. Friday. Sultry weather. (T.S.R. 70.2 P.M. 99. S.S. 86.) July 11. Saturday. (T.S.R. 65.2 P.M. 92. S.S. 82.) July 12. Sabbath. I am very thankful to record that my cough is better, and I think I shall now lose it entirely. But I am not yet able to go to S. School. Geo. Owens and Fanny Nance went to Stockton today and were married. I am glad that I did not get Fanny to help me. (T.S.R. 64.2 P.M. 94. S.S. 84.) July 13. Monday. We have received a letter from Mrs. Porter today, which is just a chapter of accidents. She fell from the loft overhead in their house to the floor below, a distance of about ten feet, and lamed herself badly. Calvin was fixing a windmill, when one of the fans fell and struck him on the head, making a gash to the bone. Mary has had the whooping cough severely, and was obliged to give up teaching for a few days, and in addition to mentioning Mr. Gerould's death, she spoke of the sickness of Mrs. Gerould of which we had not before heard. She said that after Mr. Gerould was laid out, Mrs. G. wishing to take some rest, swallowed, as she supposed, twenty drops of some preparation of opium, which proved to be, instead, croton oil. Physicians were immediately summoned, and everything done that could be done for her, but it was not known whether or not she would recover from the efforts of the poison. Franklin did not mention this at all, and we do not understand why, as he wrote that he had just returned from the funeral, and must have known of it. Geo. Owens and Fanny returned from Stockton tonight, and Ben. Haley's bolks made a big supper for them and the friends

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January 1874

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